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GEEEK A40 MINI ITX RYZEN

by diego38

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14 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 12, 2018

Date Built

Nov. 2, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.62 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

For a while I was looking into building a new gaming computer since mine was over 10 years old, and had not seen any action in over 5 years. There was a problem: I have plans to move to a different country at the end of next year. But I had some money to spend and a desire to play games that my Ultrabook was not fulfilling. I then started looking into MINI-ITX cases, something I could take with me when I moved, something portable. After a vast research, I was mostly impressed by the products of GEEEK case, a taiwan-based company making acrylic and aluminium extrusion DIY cases. Their designs were really attractive, escaping from the DAN A4 style looks into a more traditional tower-style, just with reduced sizes. The only thing I didn't really like about these mini ITX cases was the fact that they were "inverted", meaning the motherboard side faces the right side panel and the GPU, with the PCIe riser cable bracket, faces the left side. But because of the way their cases are constructed and after some investigation, I determined it could be possible to build it in a more traditional style, and that really closed the deal for me. I ended up settling for the A40, their tower option that supports SFX power supplies. White front-and-top panels was the only color option, but I wanted something black, so I wrapped these two panels in black brushed-aluminum vinyl and it turned out great. To the parts, some were acquired in Brazil, my home country, others in the US, by a cousin, mostly because of price and availability. I had to purchase a second-hand Wraith Stealth cooler because the Wraith Spire included with the 1700 has a heatsink too large for the case. I swapped the fans and ended with a smaller-but-still-nicely-looking-and-effective cooler. For the RGB Strip, I didn't actually need or want an addressable LED, but I wanted to be able to control the Strip and the CPU cooler separately. Unfortunately, being an ITX, the motherboard only has one 4-pin LED connector and one 3-pin D-LED connector, so it had to be an addressable. Assembling was a bit tricky since I had to carefully invert the instructions here and there, but in a few hours I had it running. Two big issues came up: First, One of the motherboard standoff pegs interferes with the power connector on the graphics card. Some people were able to run the peg through the wires but for me, with the Zotac GTX 1080 Mini, the peg sits as low as the connector itself, so it was just not doable. I had to leave the peg out and have the motherboard supported by 3 screws only (still pretty stable). The second one was particular to my situation building it not the way it's supposed to be. Because of this, for some reason which I could not figure out, the optional 92mm fan did not fit, colliding with the internal side panels. I bought some cheap slim 80mm fans and they did the trick. The last issue has to do with the RAM lighting. I'm not sure what happens with these Vengeance RGB Pros, but many people reported the same problem: Even though the motherboard and BIOS recognize them fine for operational configurations, no program was able to control it's lighting. Aorus program detect them, but can't affect them. Corsair's own Icue software most of the time doesn't even detect the modules, and even when it does, it can't control the lighting. Thank god the standard lighting configuration out of the box is a nice slowly changing color-wave. Last but not least, this thing is a beast when it comes to temps, because of the cutouts on the side panels where it matters, and one exaust fan as well as the PSU serving as exaust, there is directly airflow into the CPU and GPU, making temperatures not go above 60c on the CPU and 70c on the GPU while gaming. I believe one could even attempt some overclocking on this Ryzen 7. I haven't run any heavy load benchmarks because I simply don't have the need for it. Overall I am incredible happy with how it turned out. Sorry for the long text telling my story. Hope y'all like it and if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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spawn01 7 Builds 3 points 5 months ago

I had recently did a build in a geeek A30 case and some one had inquired about building in this configuration. I felt it was possible but had concerns about the GPU hanging upside down. Are you having any issues with the GPU in this position? Great build by the way.

Ahh.... it was you. I am glad this worked out for you.

diego38 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Thank you bro. It was indeed me. The GPU is indeed upside down but I found no issue. It is very stable physically. Thanks again for sharing you build and helping me back then, you and some others with builds in these cases were very important in deciding to go with this case. Cheers!

spawn01 7 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

No problem. I absolutely love it when people mod cases to fit their needs and make them their own. Once again, great build! I love it.

Crazycatman 4 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Yellow trash can bag bothers me, besides that, everything looks great! +1

diego38 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Hahaaha, thanks catman!

deathraydave 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Impressive

diego38 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks dude! Really planned this configuration and everything beforehand, so truly thankful for the compliments!

Vairfoley 30 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Very nice job with cable management and great parts choice. Looks incredible!

diego38 submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks! I actually did cable management a few days after I did the build. Removing the top and front panels clears a lot of space to maneuver inside, making it actually pretty easy, I was joining everything together and at the end, I had almost like a pipeline that ran from the PSU to the front of the case and straight down. Thanks again bro!

ApocPony 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Awesome build, I love the Greek cases really good concept. Are the front/back top/bottom aluminium or perspex? +1 good work.

diego38 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks mate! The panels are all acrylic. The only aluminium parts are the "rods" that form the 2 side structures on which the panels are screwed onto. Geeek is indeed pretty solid!

Mtthwmths 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I'm a bigger fan of the Hellenic cases. ;) jkjk They really are a cool look, and I like all the customization they offer.

beardedmisfit 5 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Sweet little build! Good job +1

nicktmills 1 point 3 months ago

pcie riser 200mm its compatible?